Pregnancy, Delivery, and Beyond – Prenatal Education for Families

For questions regarding recent prenatal classes that were rescheduled or moved to virtual classes (WebEx) due to the inclement weather, please call us at (716) 344-7357.

Getting ready for a new baby is a fun and exciting time. Catholic Health is happy to provide classes to make this time as easy as possible for you, your family, and your baby.

Try to register for Childbirth classes before 20 weeks to ensure room in the dates best to you!  Prepared Pregnancy is best in the first trimester or as soon as you find out you are expecting.  CPR and Car Seat Safety is good for every parent and care-giver.

Catholic Health is happy to offer both in person and online educational programs to suite your needs! For help or to register for programs, please call Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at (716) 447-6205.

Health Insurance Coverage

When registering for class, this form will also be used to pre-admit you to the hospital. Pre-admitting will decrease your paperwork when you arrive in labor!

Catholic Health will bill your insurance company for the class(es) you attend. If your insurance does not cover all of the cost, you may receive a bill for the amount not covered. If costs are an issue, please call (716) 601-3600 for billing options and assistance.

If you wish to self-pay, or if you do not want Catholic Health to bill your insurance for any reason, please check the box in the Insurance Information section of the attached registration form.

Childbirth Classes

Prepared Pregnancy

Congratulations!

This 2 hour webinar gives you a look into how your body is changing, how the baby grows, and how to take care of both of you through this amazing time. We will look at diet, exercise, and tips to make pregnancy as comfortable and smooth as possible.  Taught by one of our nurses, this is a good time to ask questions!

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Prepared Cesarean Delivery

For parents who know they will be scheduled for a Cesarean Delivery, this class covers what to expect. There is a more detailed look at what to expect with a Cesarean Birth and even more detail about recovery.  You will get a chance to ask any questions you might have and will have some tools to make birth and the first weeks at home easier! 

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Active Comfort Techniques for Labor

This Active Comfort Techniques for Labor class is an add on class with additional comfort measures.  Taught by an experienced doula or nurse educator, this class uses upright positions and techniques that are used worldwide to reduce the discomfort of labor and the length of labor.  Modern techniques from such organizations as Spinning Babies ® and Dancing For Birth™ are also discussed.

This is an ACTIVITY based class.  Please dress comfortably, bring your support person, and be ready (maybe with a yoga mat and pillow) to practice most of the techniques.  This is currently being offered as a live Webinar and lasts about 1.5 hours.

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Healing After Birth

With all the talk about the new baby, you are important too! Make sure you are comfortable with what you need to do to heal after the birth of your baby. This class will look at tips and tricks to ease your recovery and regain your strength after childbirth.

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NICU Tour with Q&A for Higher Risk Moms and Babies

If you have been told you are at a higher risk for early delivery or if you have serious medical concerns during your pregnancy, this class looks at common complications or risk factors in pregnancy. We discuss ways to reduce risks and look at additional medical care that may be recommended.

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Prepared Partner

This class is for Mom’s delivery partner since right now you are her sole family support in the hospital for comfort in labor. Additionally, this class gives you the chance to ask questions and get good information about what to watch for physically,  emotionally, and medically before and after the birth of the baby.

Total class time: 2 hours.

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Grandparents Classes

It is amazing how much changes! Grandparents are experts in so many areas of child raising, but if you would like a refresher or just a look at what recommendations have changed, please join us. This class covers new infant care, (car seat and sleep safety), supportive care for the new parents, and we will provide you with a copy of our BabyTalk book which covers early infancy care in even more detail. 

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Infant and Child CPR
This class covers what to do in emergencies. Choking, CPR, use of an AED, and a first aid summary are included. This knowledge can save your child’s life in an emergency!  This class is not limited to new parents, it also makes a great safety course for Grandparents and other family members who may be caring for your precious new one.

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Car Seat Safety

Proper car seat use saves lives! Many parents are shocked to find out that car seats are usually used incorrectly (up to 93% of car seats used incorrectly at hospital discharge in the most recent American Academy of Pediatrics study.)  Right now this class is being offered primarily as an online Webinar with a Child Passenger Safety Technician or instructor.  Follow ups are offered as a virtual car seat check with an instructor as a 1:1 FaceTime, Video Call, or Webinar in order to go over personal features of your vehicle and your car seat and insure a safe install.  For our car seat grant program, 1:1 in person appointments will be scheduled. 

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Virtual Baby Café

Virtual Baby Café!

Tuesdays 11 am – 1 pm & Thursdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group – Facilitated by a trained lactation consultant 

The Baby Café at Sisters of Charity Hospital includes:

  • Free access to breastfeeding support in the community
  • Guidance for pregnant people planning to breastfeed
  • The chance to meet other mothers to share tips and socialize
  • Breast pumping support
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work
  • …and much more! 

For more information and the link to join, please email jscarpen@chsbuffalo.org for your reservation. If you have any questions please call (716) 862-1939.

Prepared Childbirth - Basics

Childbirth classes are perfect for any expectant parent who wants to know what will happen in labor and delivery and beyond.  We will provide you with a book that has online tools and apps to assist in self-learning.  The 2 hour Webinar will then give a summary of the most important information and give you time to ask questions, seek clarification, and get feedback. 

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Lamaze Focus

These classes are geared towards parents who desire additional Lamaze focus for natural childbirth or a more comprehensive class than the Childbirth Basics class. These classes have four sessions, meeting once a week.   This class will include many comfort measures, the Lamaze 6 Healthy Birth Practices, and extra time for practice.  It will also cover common medical interventions and ways to use natural childbirth techniques even when medical assistance is needed.

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Multiple Miracles

The arrival of multiples is amazing! This class is intended to add to the Prepared Childbirth Class or the Prepared Cesarean Delivery class for parents expecting more than one new arrival. This class will give you more information about what is happening both during your pregnancy the differences at time of birth and in the early days!

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Preparing to Breastfeed

A Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will share tips to make breastfeeding easier!  This class is geared towards avoiding common problems and getting breastfeeding off to a good start.  For more information on pumping and feeding a baby expressed milk – please also look into the Breastfeeding and Bottles class!  You will receive a book with this class that will also give you online tools and apps for further review.  Questions are always welcome and helps us customize each class to your needs.

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Breastfeeding and Bottles

A Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will look at expressing (pumping) milk and safe bottle feeding practices with Mama’s milk.  We will look at the laws protecting women in the workplace (or school) who need to take time to express milk for their children.  Safe pumping practices and cleaning techniques for bottles and pumps will be discussed.  We will also look at storage of milk and then techniques for feeding a breastfed baby with a bottle (sometimes they get picky!)   This class is a great follow up to the Preparing to Breastfeed class.

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Baby Talk

This class gives you a bit of what to expect in the first six months with your baby! We discuss care of your newborn, health concerns to watch for, and challenges all new parents face. You will receive a book with online access to multiple tools and apps for future reference.   Please bring lots of questions!  This class is not limited to new parents, it also makes a great refresher course for Grandparents and other family members who may be caring for your precious new one.

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Strong Family Foundations

These classes are intended to provide first-time parents the chance to connect with other expecting parents, work together as a parenting team, and support your child’s growth and development.

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Hospital Tours

Tours are complimentary for all expectant parents. Spending an hour with an educator to have all your questions answered is helpful as you prepare for birth.

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Gestational Diabetes

Are you at risk for or diagnosed with gestational diabetes in pregnancy? Although not a replacement for a 1:1 consult with a dietician, this class gives a general understanding of gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy so you can take the best care of yourself and your little one while navigating this journey! Please call Health Connections to register at 716-447-6205

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Natural Family Planning

The Catholic FertilityCare™ Center of WNY provides instruction in the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) of Natural Family Planning. When using this system, a woman observes changes in her cervical mucus and menstrual patterns to determine when she is fertile and infertile.

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Upcoming Classes

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  • Online Lamaze Focus (April 8th - 29th)
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  • Mercy Prepared Partners
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  • Sisters Hospital Tour
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  • Lockport Memorial Breastfeeding with Breastfeeding and Bottles
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Meet the Instructors

Christina L., MSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, CPS-I, C-EFM, ARC-Instructor

Christina Lewis MSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, CPS-I, C-EFM, DFBChristina is a Registered Nurse with past experience in Home Health,  ICU, NICU, Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, and School Nursing.  Christina has her Master’s degree in Nursing Education, is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Dancing for Birth Instructor, an American Red Cross CPR instructor, a Child Passenger Safety Instructor (car seat tech), and specializes in providing information!

She oversees the educational programs for our expectant parents but really prefers teaching to overseeing, so is usually found teaching a class at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, or Mt.St.Mary’s Hospital.  Christina teaches a bit of everything at all locations but loves the interactive classes the most.  Learning safety techniques such as First Aid for Choking is so important for any family, she emphasizes that these classes are not JUST for new parents – anyone who cares for children is welcome to come ensure they know how to safely use a car seat, learn CPR, or attend a BabyTalk or Grandparent class.

Christina has a passion for ensuring women are confident in their ability to birth their babies and wants to make sure women have all the tools they need to fuel that confidence.  After five births of her own, she knows that birth can be a joyful, vibrant experience and wishes each expectant couple the best in their journey!  Please join her for Dancing For Birth(TM) at Mercy or Sisters or see her at our regular Car Seat Check Saturdays.

Rev. David L., CPSI

Rev. David Lewis is a regular volunteer with the WomenCare Prenatal Education program.  As an experienced Child Passenger Safety Technician, he helps ensure parents know how to safely use their child’s car seat for the best protection of a newborn or older child.  David can be found on Seat Check Saturdays at Mt.St.Mary’s Hospital and then at the Catholic Health Regional Training Center helping parents learn to install and use their seats safely.  He can also be found at other events around the community or being superman while caring for his seven children!

Diane M., RN, CPST, C-EFM , CLC, LCCE

Diane M. BSN, RN, CPST, C-EFM , DFB

Diane has taught Lamaze childbirth classes for many years while working in Labor and Delivery.  She has seen the results of being fully prepared for the experience of childbirth and encourages expectant families to prepare both mentally and physically for the birth of their baby. Diane teaches the Lamaze focus class at Sisters of Charity Hospital as well as being one of the facilitators at the Activity Childbirth classes.  Diane also gives amazing tours of Sisters Hospital where a family can explore the rooms, learn about regular care at Sisters, and become familiar with resources available.

Donna L., BSN, RN, CPST, C-EFM, CLC, LCCE

Donna L. BSN, RN, CPST, C-EFM, DFB

Donna is the primary weekend prenatal educator at Sisters of Charity Hospital.  She has a varied background in nursing with most recent experience in Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby nursing.  Donna has a background of multiple types of delivery with her own beautiful (but grown up!) children and is able to answer questions and provide reassurance to decrease birth anxiety.  She teaches every type of class available with the prenatal education program at Catholic Health!

Gina A. P., IBCLC, RLC

Gina A. P., IBCLC, RLCGina is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), RLC.  Gina joined the Maternity team at Mt. St. Mary’s after years working as a private Lactation Specialist.  She also worked as an IBCLC for the Women’s Infants and Children’s (WIC) program.  Gina became a La Leche League Leader in 1991, volunteering her skills for 22 years, holding monthly meetings, and acting as District Advisor for New York West.  She has been passionately advocating on the critical importance of better birth practices, and superiority of human milk in Niagara County since 1993.

She leads the Niagara Frontier Breastfeeding Moms Meetings monthly.  Gina teaches the Breastfeeding 101 class at Catholic Health’s Mt. St. Mary’s Campus.  She meets with parents privately helping to solve more complex breastfeeding challenges. Gina can be found most days rounding on the Maternity Unit, attending community meetings such as Healthy Babies/Healthy Mothers or receiving donations at MSM Milk Depot.

Gina is the wife to her loving husband of 30 years, the proud mother of three daughters, and Nana to Vivianna and Reilly.

Shannon J. CD (DONA), CLC

Shannon J. CD (DONA)Shannon J. CD (DONA) teaches our Activity Childbirth Classes, BabyTalk Classes, Tours, and can be seen at Sisters, Mercy, or even Mt.St.Mary’s. She also teaches classes in the community to provide convenient times and locations for our expectant parents. Shannon has four years of experience with childbirth education, including Lamaze Style classes and Evidence Based Birth classes.

Being a mother of 6, Shannon has learned how valuable it is to have quality education and support during pregnancy and birth. While working with expectant mothers, Shannon noticed many new parents would benefit from additional information to reduce fears and improve their birth experience.

Shannon is also a Certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula. Shannon has been a Birth Doula in for 5 years. Shannon became a Doula after supporting and guiding friends through their labors and births of their children. She is also still serving the community as an active doula and founder of Calming Nature Doula Center.